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OpEdNews: December 12, 2011
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This is what it really looks like. I think you’ll agree that this is extraordinary demonstration is not really surprising.
By Rob Kall
What’s the Biggest Event or Thing that Happened This Year? 
Chris Matthews just asked his guests on his Sunday show the question, “What’s the Biggest Event or Thing that Happened This Year?”
Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) on Senate floor explaining it was Obama who requested the provision for indefinite military detention of American citizens without charge or trial.
By Nate Whitaker
Occupy Yourself, Part 2 The personalization of the Occupy Movement 
How does “one” work for radical change, while still being part of “the system”, even if an unwilling one?
If the unemployed and poor are to be drug tested, why not drug test legislators as well? That’s the idea of Georgia Democratic legislator Scott Holcomb, according to an article in the Atlanta Journal Constitution,
By Timothy Gatto
Wall Street is at it Again! This Time It’s France! 
Now the banks in the United States are inundating France with credit default swaps. France has more credit default swaps was than it ever had in its history. This is being caused by investors from America and the UK. According to Max Keiser from RT, the Americans and the Brits know exactly where the bodies are buried in France, and know just what assets they are betting against.
By Kevin Zeese
Occupy is Not Just About Occupying 
As Occupy sites around the country close this should be seen as an opportunity to move to Phase II — educating, organizing and mobilizing communities across the nation.
By Sherwood Ross
Human Activity Driving Weather Extremes 
Human activity is not only responsible for global warming but also for driving extreme weather events, scientific sources are saying. The Nov. 25th issue of “Science” magazine spells it out in careful language. Alternatively, you can always get your information on global warming from radio’s “Oxycontin Kid,” who thinks it’s all hogwash.
By Steven Jonas
Vengeance is Mine, Saith the Lord 
There is a lot of God-talk going on in our country all the time, especially on the Right. You know, God did this or that to punish us for this or that. So a while back, I decided to have a talk with God myself, to find out what his/her/it real concerns were with actions the US of A is, or is not, undertaking, and catastrophic events occurring here and in other countries. This column is a report of that conversation.
By Burl Hall
Ecovillages: Towards True Independence? 
This article gives an introduction to ecovillages as a way of diminishing the effects of the gov’t / corporate structure in all arenas of our lives.
By Douglas A. Wallace
Flying Under the Radar: Hiding Romney’s Non Christian Credentials 
If Mitt Romney would tell thet ruth about his religion, that it is the kingdom of god on earth and that he has taken an oath to follow the dictates of church leaders who would tell him to implement the kingdom of god, he would have to comply. Doing so would destroy democracy and replace it with theocracy. Such a threat to the constitution by a madden religion simply is not worth the vote for Romney.
ScienceDaily (Dec. 6, 2011) — Computer scientists at UC San Diego, who set out to simulate all rainbows found in nature, wound up answering questions about the physics of rainbows as well. The scientists recreated a wide variety of rainbows — primary rainbows, secondary rainbows, redbows that form at sunset and cloudbows that form on foggy days — by using an improved method for simulating how light interacts with water drops of various shapes and sizes. Their new approach even yielded realistic simulations of difficult-to-replicate “twinned” rainbows that split their primary bow in two.
By James Wall
GOP Candidates Wear the Jewish Kippah 
The Netanyahu politics of fear prevails today in Tel Avi and in Washington. Money is raised for campaigns because of fear. Voters are promised a future without fear by politicians who run campaigns on fear.
It seems that Monsanto may be having a rough week. Not only was the company hit by a press release declaring them the worst company of 2011, but a group of Anonymous hackers claim to have completely disrupted the operations of a PR firm which manages Monsanto’s own PR.
By Joan Wile
I AM JUST A NINETY-NINE (song lyric) 
a song lyric lamenting the life of a 99 percenter
The black holes the team detected “may be the missing link between quasars and the supermassive black holes we see today,” said Chung-Pei Ma, an astrophysicist at UC Berkeley and another member of the team, in a prepared statement.
On December 8 in Mexico City, Stephen Lendman received the prestigious Journalists Club of Mexico’s (Club de Periodistas) annual International Journalism Award at an elaborate internationally broadcast ceremony on television and radio.
By Bill Fangio
The One Thing 
Ideas to restrain the central government and return power to the States and the people.
By Uri Avnery
The Fearmongers 
Faced with such petrifying danger, nobody asks the relevant question: why would any Iranian leader attack a country that has plenty of nuclear bombs of its own and the ability to devastate all of Iran in a “second strike”? Let’s overcome our fear of fear itself. And, while we are at it, let’s kick the fearmongers out.
By Glenn Greenwald
Hillary Clinton and Internet Freedom 
What Hillary Clinton is condemning here is exactly that which not only the administration in which she serves, but also she herself, has done in one of the most important Internet freedom cases of the last decade: WikiLeaks. And beyond that case, both Clinton specifically and the Obama administration generally have waged a multi-front war on Internet freedom.
By TJ Walker
Is Mitt Romney Too Smart for the Republican Base? 
A lot has been written about Mitt Romney’s flip flopping on important philosophical and public policy issues, but does he have a greater problem with the GOP electorate? Perhaps Romney appears too smart, as in the intellectual variety.
By Nate Whitaker
Occupy Yourself, part 1 
Addressing the frustrations with the movement. Laying out some ideas for a long term strategy.
By Stephen Lendman
Muslim Charity Principals Denied Justice 
On December 4, 2001, the Treasury Department declared the Holy Land Foundation a terrorist group, froze its assets, and falsely claimed it was used to funnel millions of dollars to Hamas.
By debbie hines
New GOP Data Shows No Need For Voter ID 
Newly released data by the Republican National Lawyers Association on 46 states shows there is no correlation between voter fraud and voter ID laws. The proof is in their own data.
By Robert Reich
The Remarkable Political Stupidity of the Street 
Wall Street is its own worst enemy. It should have welcomed new financial regulation as a means of restoring public trust. Instead, it’s busily shredding new regulations and making the public more distrustful than ever.
By Bob Patterson
Visiting the Jim Morrison Mural in Venice CA 
What does the Jim Morrison mural in Venice CA have to do with a columnist’s forecast that JEB Bush will win next year’s Presidential election?
It appears that the Civil Society intellectuals need to conduct heavy exercises to sensitize the Nepalis at grassroots level regarding why state restructuring and overall transformation should be the major agenda for transforming the conflicts productively and to establish a more stable peace in the country.
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A six-month study of this year’s defense authorization bill has identified 115 spending proposals as earmarks worth $834 million, including 20 by Republican freshmen who campaigned against the pet projects, according to a copy of the report provided to The Washington Post. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), whose staff produced the study, called the behavior a “bold flaunting” of the GOP-led moratorium on earmarks. She chastised Republican House members for removing documents about earmarks from their Web sites that would have made it easier to identify the practice. “It was perplexing that so many Republicans had scrubbed their Web sites,” said McCaskill, who on Friday gave copies of the report to the chairman and ranking member of the Armed Services Committee. “If you are going to tout the earmarks you received, why not remain transparent? For me, the entire thing is disappointing. “
Bankers are the dictators of the West
It seems to me that the reporting of the collapse of capitalism has reached a new low which even the Middle East cannot surpass for sheer unadulterated obedience to the very institutions and Harvard “experts” who have helped to bring about the whole criminal disaster.
Gingrich, who is already thinking beyond the presidential election, says that his larger project is the creation of a “new majority,” which will derive partly from the conservative movement, but “will be much bigger.”
Among the more disturbing news developments in recent weeks is the strength shown by hard line Islamic parties in the first round of Egypt’s parliamentary elections. This story is being buried inside newspapers and at the bottom of newcasts, as the American media concentrate on truly important subjects such as the size of Professor Newt Gingrich’s head and former candidate Herman Cain’s strange exit from the presidential primary.
18 days ago, on November 21, here at Boiling Frogs Post, I reported on the ongoing joint US-NATO secret training camp in the US air force base in Incirlik, Turkey, which began operations in April- May 2011 to organize and expand the dissident base in Syria. My follow up piece on December 3 included the intentional blackout of this multiple-sourced and well-documented exposé. Now, 18 days later, there comes a decent coverage of this exposé. Guess where? Not in the US mainstream media. Not even the US alternative media. Well, here it is, Iran’s Press TV providing accurate and untwisted coverage, and doing so as part of its front page news.
Republican White House hopeful Newt Gingrich has stirred controversy by calling the Palestinians an “invented” people who could have chosen to live elsewhere. He said Obama’s effort to treat the Palestinians the same as the Israelis is actually “favouring the terrorists”.
An overflow crowd of Mumia supporters at the Constitution Center in Philadelphia on the 30th anniversary of his arrest for the killing of Officer Daniel Faulkner vowed to keep fighting for his freedom after his sentence was converted from death to life without parole, reports TCBH! journalist Dave LIndorff.
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 Incredible Video of Democrat and Republican Leaders in Secret Caucus: http://org2.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=GWV3rG%2BCyy%2Bb180tUF2aumnQu3t0JbDy
 What’s the Biggest Event or Thing that Happened This Year?: http://org2.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=CMetyZLVtqAxqZwKHbcQL2nQu3t0JbDy
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 Occupy Yourself, Part 2 The personalization of the Occupy Movement: http://org2.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=6%2F7Tewrfe%2Foaq0qERhSl3mnQu3t0JbDy
 GA Legislator: Drug Test Legislators As Well As Unemployed and Poor: http://org2.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=mRgkoahR5NhzZZQezvFlxGnQu3t0JbDy
 Wall Street is at it Again! This Time It’s France!: http://org2.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=evblhTQy6Yc08X0oRwB7OmnQu3t0JbDy
 Occupy is Not Just About Occupying: http://org2.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=ruwkwarO1vPrcjeyQZSGT2nQu3t0JbDy
 Human Activity Driving Weather Extremes: http://org2.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=QgOw2fBjOoL6Qt2OWZf4iWnQu3t0JbDy
 Vengeance is Mine, Saith the Lord: http://org2.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=nIXmlHbR%2B22YavygvfUZT2nQu3t0JbDy
 Ecovillages: Towards True Independence?: http://org2.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=MwPbPHpWgZ%2FnlpHHMG4jcT8kWyj87T36
 Flying Under the Radar: Hiding Romney’s Non Christian Credentials: http://org2.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=3OQ5bRTCpCmpwq0Y%2B60JCWnQu3t0JbDy
 Computer Simulations Shed Light On the Physics of Rainbows, by the Science News Staff: http://org2.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=KTSEKY50eMm9oXiYVVkSrT8kWyj87T36
 GOP Candidates Wear the Jewish Kippah: http://org2.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=tYEMUbdoZJT1YCKcTThPCGnQu3t0JbDy
 Monsanto PR Firm Reportedly “Ended’ by Anonymous – Barrett: http://org2.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=jYgpLDTiAWyTDJfLT1HK12nQu3t0JbDy
 I AM JUST A NINETY-NINE (song lyric): http://org2.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=gZNkP2bE5vwpkBC2t2PHDGnQu3t0JbDy
 Discovery of biggest black holes ever may shed light on galaxy formation: http://org2.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=NYUYwVnKeO1AHIjuaQae8mnQu3t0JbDy
 Opednews Writer Stephen Lendman Receives Journalists Club of Mexico International Journalism Award: http://org2.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=uI%2FylW%2FmkQpkewZ4sz4pF2nQu3t0JbDy
 The One Thing: http://org2.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=eAIqLWEcVEJV78rd8QE6ZGnQu3t0JbDy
 The Fearmongers: http://org2.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=7nQv%2FzdIf9SaI3PA8ov2z2nQu3t0JbDy
 Hillary Clinton and Internet Freedom: http://org2.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=9QNKR1QXpXGEl2L2Cm2gimnQu3t0JbDy
 Is Mitt Romney Too Smart for the Republican Base?: http://org2.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=MznfYzMsT1bC7BDmIvZICGnQu3t0JbDy
 Occupy Yourself, part 1: http://org2.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=EV3kqMmd7K%2BauAZmHyxNuWnQu3t0JbDy
 Muslim Charity Principals Denied Justice: http://org2.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=ZZJ%2BEGHdAtAjPOhfmVttrGnQu3t0JbDy
 New GOP Data Shows No Need For Voter ID: http://org2.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=3nHw9Jiw0g8EflhyyV6WsGnQu3t0JbDy
 The Remarkable Political Stupidity of the Street: http://org2.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=Ua7l1Wm%2BdtFhSmSnRHjbiWnQu3t0JbDy
 Visiting the Jim Morrison Mural in Venice CA: http://org2.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=yQC59Ie1M2K0Qx%2FkuLw%2FymnQu3t0JbDy
 Nepal: parties quarrel over state system, accountable politics greater need: http://org2.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=BiBPx9zUVY1Er44JZYcylWnQu3t0JbDy
 Probe finds $834 million in earmarks hidden in Defense Authorization Bill: http://org2.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=b3opd3ucUA5HuyfV2uCcnmnQu3t0JbDy
 Inside Newt’s Stunning Comeback: http://org2.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=3N0y%2BRbiQP1W7rHpSdOucWnQu3t0JbDy
 Egypt’s elections and the risky rule of God – Jacoby: http://org2.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=fbvUx5subayFy4mlNY2ywmnQu3t0JbDy
 War on Syria Cover-Up Update: Who is Breaking the Blackout? – bfp: http://org2.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=IbygCHZQMEIwrKNhGjrMdWnQu3t0JbDy
 Gingrich calls Palestinians ‘invented’ people: http://org2.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=KTzSIAQsMp3P7POZvY1oQmnQu3t0JbDy
 No Execution for Mumia: 30 Years after a Police Shooting, Abu-Jamal Backers Vow to Free Him from Life in Prison: http://org2.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=tSUi2aoGBP6syitzn%2FAdWGnQu3t0JbDy
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